A voice for victims:Ruth’s House offers hope to victims of domestic violencePublished 1:25pm Saturday, February 8, 2014
By TYLER STOCKS
Washington Daily News
The pain and suffering inflicted by domestic violence affects not only victims but also entire families.
According to Debbie Ryals, president of Ruth’s House, victims often feel helpless and don’t see a way out. So, she and others decided to change that. Because of their hard work and dedication to fighting domestic violence in Beaufort County, the staff at Ruth’s House received the Nonprofit of the Year award at the annual awards banquet held by the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce earlier this week.
Ryals expressed her appreciation for the award and said winning the award felt like winning the Grammys.
“We certainly have worked hard and felt deserving of this. However, it’s still a surprise we got the award,” Ryals said.
“Our mission is to provide an alternative to domestic violence. To do that, we offer shelter and services free of charge. In 2010 and 2011, we had two deaths in Beaufort County due to domestic violence. I think the No. 1 thing I say to people is that you do not have to live in it,” Ryals said.
Ryals points out that North Carolina is in the top 10 nationwide when it comes to domestic violence. To help victims further and go beyond just providing a place for them to stay, living assistance, legal assistance and personal counseling are also provided to victims as well. Ruth’s House also provides a 24-hour hotline for victims to call. That number is 252-940-0007.
Ryals said that Ruth’s House is able to provide these services to domestic-violence victims because of volunteers, donations and fundraising events like the “Amazing Race” event that will be held May 31. Ruth’s House also has a wish list that names specific items needed most at the shelter. Those items include the following: children’s toys, dish and laundry detergents, frying pans, cooking oil, trash bags, toiletries, movies for viewing at the shelter, sewing kits, gift cards and CD players.
To serve as a volunteer or make donations, visit the Ruth’s House website at www.ruth’shouse.org. You can also follow Ruth’s House on Facebook.